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5 things I think I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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News of Mary Brown’s decision not to seek re-election to the Pinellas County School Board is reverberating through the African American community, which viewed Brown as a hero and a pioneer, no matter how ineffective she was in elected office.  As boring as a race for the School Board may be, the Times will make a project out of those who hope to replace Brown.  That’s the way the newspaper works.  It has impact in the statewide races because it…

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5 things I think I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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News of Mary Brown’s decision not to seek re-election to the Pinellas County School Board is reverberating through the African-American community, which viewed Brown as a hero and a pioneer, no matter how ineffective she was in elected office.  As boring as a race for the School Board may be, the Times will make a project out of those who hope to replace Brown.  That’s the way the newspaper works.  It has impact in the statewide races because it is…

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Agenda 2010’s Bizarro World straw poll

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My favorite rabble-rouser Gypsy Gallardo helped organize a forum of the St. Petersburg City Council candidates, during which a straw poll was held to, supposedly, gauge the favorites of the African-American community. And like the Bizarro World in which up is down and black is white, most of the winners of the Bizarro Straw Poll are the candidates who will probably lose. And even those candidates who might win, the results are so lopsided, that only Bizarro Superman could make…

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Bill Foster’s blunders in the black community continue as campaign hires former Cappelli, Gibbons aide Nick Hansen to run black GOTV

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It is probably the shortest post ever written on the St. Petersburg Times’ Bay Buzz: “Bill Foster opens a campaign office in Midtown”. It’s located in the shopping center at 2261 34th Street S. This news comes on the heels of several miscues by Bill Foster’s campaign in its outreach to the African-American community, such as the recent incident in which Foster “hurt some people’s feeling when he turned down an offer last week to take a photo with Davis,…

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St. Petersburg’s elections have become a frustrating choice of black…or rainbow?

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From reading the St. Petersburg Times‘ coverage of the municipal elections, one could be forgiven for thinking there is not a single white, straight voter in the entire city of St. Petersburg. Voters are either black or gay or they just don’t seem to matter, especially if they don’t have an opinion on where to build a new stadium. Since the primary, story after story has been written about Bill Foster and Kathleen Ford’s efforts to court the African-American vote.…

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Hate crimes skyrocket in Florida with St. Pete leading the way

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If 32 murders this year in St. Pete wasn’t bad enough, the city also reported 49 hate crime incidents, most of any Florida city and the majority of Pinellas’ 63 reported cases, according to a study released today by Attorney General Charlie Crist. Not such a great day in St. Petersburg, is it Mr. Mayor? In the city’s defense, Police Chief Chuck Harmon cut short his holiday vacation to hold a news conference about the numbers. The figures were an…

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